I am a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Richard Axel in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University. I was a graduate student with Larry Abbott in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.



Schaffer, E.S.*‡, Mishra, N.‡, Whiteway, M.R., Li, W., Vancura, M.B., Freedman, J., Patel, K., Voleti, V., Paninski, L., Hillman, E.M.C., Abbott, L.F., Axel, R. Flygenvectors: The Spatial and Temporal Structure of Neural Activity across the Fly Brain. bioRxiv (2021). DOI:10.1101/2021.09.25.461804.

 *Corresponding author, ‡Equal Contribution.


Whiteway, M.R., Schaffer, E.S., Wu, A., Buchanan, E. K., Onder, O.F., Mishra, N., Paninski, L. Semi-Supervised Sequence Modeling for Improved Behavioral Segmentation. bioRxiv (2021). DOI:10.1101/2021.06.16.448685.


Wu, A. Buchanan, K.E., Whiteway, M., Schartner, M., Meijer, G., Noel, J-P., Rodriguez, E., Everett, C., Norovich, A., Schaffer, E.S., Mishra, N., Salzman, C.D., Angelaki, D., Bendesky, A., The International Brain Laboratory, Cunningham, J., Paninski, L. Deep Graph Pose: a semi-supervised deep graphical model for improved animal pose tracking. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS, 2020.


Schaffer, E.S.*, Stettler, D.D., Kato, D., Choi, G.B., Axel, R, and Abbott, L.F..  Odor Perception on the Two Sides of the Brain: Consistency Despite Randomness. Neuron, 98, 1–7 (2018). DOI:10.1016/j.neuron.2018.04.004. *Corresponding author


Schaffer E.S.*, Ostojic S, and Abbott L.F..  A Complex-Valued Firing-Rate Model That Approximates the Dynamics of Spiking Networks. PLoS Computational Biology, 9, 10 (2013). DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003301.

*Corresponding author


Ozeki H., Finn I., Schaffer E.S., Miller K.D., Ferster D. Inhibitory stabilization of the cortical network underlies visual surround suppression. Neuron, 62, 578–592 (2009). DOI:10.1016/j.neuron.2009.03.028.


Durgin F.H., Fox L.F., Schaffer E., and Whitaker R. The perception of linear self-motion.  Human Vision and Electronic Imaging X, 5666, 503-514 (2003). DOI:10.1117/12.610864.



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